The Regulatory State: Labour and the utilities 1997-2002. Drawing on his experience as a special adviser in the DTI and DTLR between 1997 and 2002, ippr's former senior economist Dan Corry analyses developments in how the state regulates public utilities. While Labour has continued to put competition and the consumer first, it has significantly improved many of the details of the regulatory process. Above all, the Labour Government has clarified that regulation remains at heart a political process that demands the state set a clear policy framework for balancing a range of policy objectives. Dan Corry emphasises that the key issue now facing regulation policy is how to reconcile environmental objectives with the central focus of policy on promoting competition and delivering the lowest price to the consumer.
By IPPR, UK.
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Managers and leaders: raising our game - The small business agenda This is a policy note following the joint DfES and DTI Government response to the report of the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, which was published in September 2002 in response to the CEML report Managers and leaders: raising our game. It focuses in on the CEML small firms recommendations and government?s particular response to them.
By Centre For Enterpirse, UK.
Intellectual Property in the Global Information Society. A case of Institutional Overshooting ? Should Europe extend software patenting? Should WTO revise the TRIPS agreement? An analysis of the strengthening of intellectual property rights over the last twenty years. By Frédérique Sachwald of the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. France
By IFRI, France.
Understanding Innovation: How firms innovate and what governments can do to help - Wales and Thuring
Understanding Innovation: How firms innovate and what governments can do to help - Wales and Thuringia compared. This study looks at the relative impact of national governments on the innovation of firms through various infrastructure policies. It focuses on the opto-electronics industry in two regions of the UK and Germany: Wales and Thuringia. While both regions are characterized by active regional policies, they provide a striking contrast in the orientation of their opto-electronics industries and the thrust of regional policy. By Chris Hendry, James Brown, Hans-Dieter Ganter and Susanne Hilland. Published by the Anglo-German Foundation.
By Anglo-German Foundation, UK, Germany.